By Maya Mau
Kebab Aur Sharab will be taking the place of My Most Favorite Food at 247 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. It will specialize in northern Indian kebabs. It is tradition to pair these kebabs with whiskey or bourbon and, in order to provide the full experience, they hope to be able to serve alcohol. Salil Mehta, the owner of Kebab Aur Sharab, also owns Wau NYC, which serves Southeast Asian food (Indonesian, Malaysian and some Thai), as well as alcohol. The new restaurant seeks a full liquor license and received resounding approval from the committee, whose members expressed excitement.
Andy Kim of NestSeekers Real Estate Office came to the committee with his concept of a members-only lounge at 100 Riverside Boulevard (between 64th and 65th Streets) that will serve drinks at dinnertime. The committee expressed some concern about the fact that the office still has not fully developed criteria for membership. Kim said the office is also seeking a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation, and members of the committee expressed further confusion. Without knowing how exactly the lounge would function — and since the attorney was not present to explain the legal details of the application — the committee unanimously passed a motion to table the application until the idea is more fully fleshed out, and an attorney can be present at the meeting.
Nobody was present for Le Pain Quotidien’s Central Park location (2 West 69th Street), or Ashoka at 489 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets), both of which indicated they were seeking two-year liquor licenses. As such, the committee was forced to “disapprove without prejudice.”